Egypt was one of the first great civilizations on earth. They lived at the dawn of history, in a time that was very different from the world we live in today.
One of those differences was their gods. The Egyptian gods had the heads of animals. That might seem like a tiny detail, but it changed the way they lived in more ways than you might imagine. In homage to their gods, the Egyptians treated animals with a reverence that we don't share.